Vanessa Chauhan is a Senior Regional Specialist in Polaris's Advisory Services team, managing a portfolio of 13 states in the central region of the United States. Vanessa has provided trainings and consultations to a diverse group of national and international audiences, including law enforcement, government officials & agencies, victim service providers, and other key stakeholders and professionals engaged in anti-trafficking and related gender-based violence and social justice work.
Vanessa’s expertise includes consultation on hotline development & operations as an integral component to fight human trafficking, as well as building multi-disciplinary human trafficking responses, with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, systems level capacity building, law enforcement & victim services responses and multi-sector collaboration towards disruption and eradication of human trafficking networks. In her role at Polaris, Vanessa has worked with key state and federal actors to develop tailored resources and responses to identify and address trafficking in their communities.
Before coming to Polaris, Vanessa worked on issues of international and domestic family abductions at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She also has extensive experience working with international clients on a variety of appellate immigration and cross-cultural matters. Vanessa has a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Arizona. She has also studied at the Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne, Australia and at the University of Canterbury Law School in Christchurch, New Zealand.